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Checklist S48360119

 
Location
Anahuac NWR (UTC 049), Chambers County, Texas, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Fri Apr 20, 2018 4:00 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
2 hour(s), 15 minute(s)
Distance:
4.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Doug Willick
Comments:
Continuing Texas Trip (day seven of a 9-day trip), birding here with brother-in-law Phil Brown. The start time, duration and distance covered are all approximate. Including in this list are combined bird observations for all sites that were visited within the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR); for most of the species, because of lack of time, I didn't separate out per the different sections visited.

Abbreviations used (for sites we visited this afternoon within the ANWR):
ST = Anahuac NWR--the "Skillern Tract"; FM1985 (between Anahuac main entrance road & Hwy 124);
WT= "The Willows Trail", and main entrance area of the Anahuac NWR; and
SP = Anahuac NWR, the "Shoveler Pond" (SP), from the driving tour loop road.

Weather: Low 70s (estimated; deg. F), to 65 deg. F at 1800 hours. Overcast to partly cloudy and breezy (3 to 8 mph, estimated).
Species
47 species (+3 other taxa) total
4
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

On the northwestern quadrant of the SP, at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR).

3
Fulvous Whistling-Duck

In the SP part of Anahuac NWR.

20
Blue-winged Teal

SP

3
Northern Shoveler

At SP, appropriately enough.

1
Northern Pintail

One female (SP)

100
duck sp.

Probably 100s that were out too far to bother trying to ID.

3
Pied-billed Grebe

Seen in the SP I believe.

2
Mourning Dove
2
Clapper Rail

These were heard only, which sounded to me like our Ridgway's (Clapper) Rail back in California. However, if the calls of King and Clapper are very similar/unseparable, then this should be moved to the King/Clapper Rail category.

1
Virginia Rail
5
Purple Gallinule

In the SP area.

4
Black-necked Stilt

In the SP area.

1
Whimbrel
2
Marbled Godwit

The SP area.

3
Stilt Sandpiper

The SP area.

2
Pectoral Sandpiper

The SP area.

2
Long-billed Dowitcher

SP area.

X
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher

The SP area.

2
Greater Yellowlegs

SP area.

X
Great Blue Heron

All of the herons & egrets were probably seen in the SP loop, but some may've been seen in the ST.

X
Great Egret
X
Snowy Egret
2
Little Blue Heron
X
Cattle Egret

In my notes entered "lots", but presumably these were out in the ag fields, and areas with livestock, along FM1985.

10
White-faced Ibis
3
Roseate Spoonbill
1
Northern Harrier
1
Red-tailed Hawk
1
Belted Kingfisher

I believe this was seen along Hwy 124, north of High Island somewhere.

1
Great Crested Flycatcher

Along the WT.

8
Eastern Kingbird
1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Along Hwy 124.

1
Loggerhead Shrike

Along Hwy. 124.

1
Yellow-throated Vireo

On the WT.

2
Purple Martin
25
Barn Swallow
5
Marsh Wren

Five heard singing along the SP loop road.

1
Gray Catbird

WT

2
Savannah Sparrow
2
Swamp Sparrow

WT and SP.

3
Orchard Oriole

Males along the WT, or near ANWR entrance.

X
Red-winged Blackbird

My notes for the day just say "lots" for Anahuac NWR in general (probably lots on the SP loop).

3
Brown-headed Cowbird
5
Common Grackle
X
Boat-tailed/Great-tailed Grackle

Several seen on the SP loop road; I suspected, by the calls I heard from these, that they were Boat-tailed Grackles, but it's been so long since I've heard BTGR that I forget how they differ. I didn't think they sounded like typical GTGRs from Calif. I assume this is more typical habitat for Boat-tails at SP, but GTGRs can be such generalists it seems, habitat-wise.

1
American Redstart

Female on the WT.

1
Yellow Warbler

A male on the WT.

1
Scarlet Tanager

A male on the WT.

1
Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Female, WT.

3
Dickcissel

Along the road into the ST, south of FM1985.

ML114024341

© Doug Willick

Dickcissel along entrance road, off FM1985, to the ST.

 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes